SYNNERS. Pat Cadigan.

SYNNERS. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland: Bantam Books, [1991]. Small octavo, printed terra cotta wrappers. Advance copy (uncorrected proof) of the first edition. Signed on the title page by Cadigan. "In a near-future society heavily dependent on the interfaces between human beings and artificial intelligences, computer viruses cause a plague of mysterious deaths. Exhilarating cyberpunk with a contortuplicated plot." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition, p, 361. "SYNNERS "takes full advantage of its considerable length to translate the streetwise, cyberpunk involvedness of her best short fiction into a comprehensive vision -- racingly told, linguistically acute, simultaneously pell-mell and precise in its detailing -- of a world dominated by the intricacies of the human/computer interface; it won the Arthur C Clarke Award in 1992. The plot, which is extremely complicated, is an early exploration of the interface disease trope, where computer viruses which pass for AIs are beginning to cause numerous human deaths and to fragment human Identity; authors like Eugene Byrne have subsequently exhausted, for the time being, the imaginative possibilities of this concept, though, it may be, Cadigan's work will increasingly seem to have been prescient, in some part through the sense of entrapment it conveys. Certainly her immersion of her female protagonists in traditionally masculine venues -- though she does not explicitly write Feminist SF -- has had a salutary effect on both readers and any writer who wishes to continue to explore cyberpunk. Like William Gibson's cyberpunk novels –- and unlike Bruce Sterling's -– SYNNERS offers no sense that the conceptual breakthroughs that proliferate throughout the text will in any significant sense transform the overwhelming urbanized world, though there is some hint that the system may begin to fail through its own internal imbalances. At the heart of SYNNERS is the burning presence of a future which offers little release." - John Clute, SFE (online). Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-204. Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #20. Hartwell, 200 Significant SF Books by Women, 1984-2001. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy. A very scarce proof. (#146424).

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